Celebrating East African Writing!

8 Libraries in 4 Days! 22nd to 26th June 2015

Start A Library has partnered with ​Varkey Foundation and Gems Cambridge International School​ to ​start 22 libraries across the country, 8 of which are in Nairobi.​

Part of our team has been stationed at the GEMS Cambridge International School, Langata-Karen Campus processing the 22000 books to go to the 22 Libraries.

On Friday, Dawn Makena, the Storymoja Festival Producer, who is a trained library practitioner in one of her lives, guided teacher-student teams through training on how to maintain libraries and utilize story books.

This now ushers in the next stage which is the actual delivery of the books to the schools chosen as beneficiaries. Each school receives a 1000 book starter pack as well as a container library! How exciting for Start a Library, Storymoja and the Storymoja Festival teams to be part of this project and to help get ‘A Book in every Hand!’


Below are the dates for the Nairobi library installations.

9:00am – 11:00 am – Bridge Academy, Kiserian

11:30am – 1:00 pm – Ongata Rong​ai Primary School, Ongata Rongai

2:30pm – 4:00 pm – Karen C primary School, Karen



9:00 am – 11:00 am – Raila Educational Centre, Kibera

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Bridge Academy, Kingston, Industrial Area



9:00 am – 11:00 am – Bridge Academy, Mwimuto

11:30 am – 1:00 pm -Kanduturo Primary School, Kikuyu



10:00 am – 12:00pm​ -Highridge Primary School
The​ ​​library installation programme will entail the following​:

  • Donation of books
  • Storytelling session
  • Read Aloud session – warm up for breaking the World Record in reading aloud
  • Participation of Reading Ambassadors – during each installation, a Reading Ambassadors attends to encourage the children on the importance of reading.
  • Depending on the profession of the Reading Ambassadors, they get a 5 minute slot to perform i.e. musicians, poets
  • ​One hour arranging the books in the ​​libraries.

Would you like to join us at one of the schools and witness this amazing story with us? You can write in to us at and express your interest!


This entry was posted on June 22, 2015 by in Writer's Blog.
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